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Products > Echeveria gibbiflora
 
Echeveria gibbiflora - Oreja de burro
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Bloomtime: Fall/Spring
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Echeveria gibbiflora (Oreja de burro) - A large clustering Echeveria that produces foot wide rosettes on stout stems 12 to 18 inches long with broad spoon-shaped pinkish gray leaves that are broad and narrowed at the base and rounded with frilly margins at the tips. In fall through winter this species will often form a tall branching inflorescence holding bell-shaped reddish flowers that are yellow on the inside. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally – brighter light brings out the gray and purples in the foliage. Plants are hardy down to 25° F. Trim older lower leaves as they senesce and cut and reroot foliage heads when stems become too top heavy but keep rooted lower stems as they usually resprout new growth. The genus Echeveria was named to honor Mexican botanical artist Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy in 1828 by the French botanist Augustin Pyramus de Candolle (DeCandolle) who was very impressed with Echeverría's drawings. The specific epithet is from the Latin words 'gibba' meaning "swelling" and 'flora' meaning "flowers" in reference to the wide flower shape of this species. The common name Oreja de burro translates as Donkey Ear and is shared by several other plants with such large leaves. This offering is of plants grown from seed collected in the mountains southeast of Oaxaca City in Santa Ana del Valle, Oaxaca Mexico.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Echeveria gibbiflora.
 
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